I know that this has been a long time coming and we’ve still got a long way to go; we’ve still got to reassemble everything, take her to the range and see how she shoots and I finally got the bolt tool and piston nut wrench from the CMP e-store so we need to discuss using those tools (as well as another cool toy I got from them).
To recap what we’ve done so far:
In M1 Carbine Part 2, we disassembled the M1 Carbine into its major groups.
In M1 Carbine Part 3, we disassembled the Trigger Housing Assembly into its individual components.
In M1 Carbine Part 4, we disassmbled the bolt without using the M1 Carbine Bolt Tool (don’t try this at home kiddies).
In M1 Carbine Part 5, we removed the components from the stock and receiver that were necessary to remove for inspection and discussed those items not removed.
First I would like to recommend my resource for all the manufacturer information. Craig Riesch’s U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production should be considered a must have for anyone interested in the production history of the M1 Carbine. It even includes a handy-dandy fill-in table for documenting all of your component parts to help you compare what you have with what parts are correct for the manufacturer and production dates for your specific rifle. It was very helpful in identifying all the component parts of my rifle. All “type” numbers are as defined in Mr. Reisch’s book.
My rifle really isn’t bad for a “mix master” that spent a number of years in a foreign military. It only has three obvious post-war replacement parts:
The Rear Sight is a type III which is correct for the period of manufacture. It is marked I.R. Co which could indicate WWII manufacture, but it also stamped with the part number 7160060 which is a clear indication that this was a post war replacement.
The final post-war replacement piece is the recoil plate. I didn’t take a close up of it because it is unmarked. It is a type III which is the correct style, but all WWII manufacture type III recoil plates bore manufacturer marks. A type III with no markings is post-war.
In addition to the three post-war replacement parts, the stock and a few of the other component parts are from manufacturers other than Inland.
There are three numbers stamped on one side and the letter “C” stamped on the other. I would imagine that these were some sort of unit markings or inventory numbers.
I could barely make out the manufacturer’s mark in the sling well. It is marked “M-U” which identifies it as an Underwood manufactured stock. It is very hard to see, I must have taken 30 pictures of it from different angles and with different lighting before I got a shot where I could actually read the letters.
The only other questionable part is the barrel band/bayonet lug. Very few M1 carbines were produced during the war with the type III barrel band that included the bayonet lug. Most of them were retrofitted with type III bands after the war. In this rifle’s case it was produced late enough in the war that it may very well have been originally produced with the type III band and the installed barrel band is correctly marked for WWII Inland production. In other words, there is a chance that the barrel band is correct, but it is not a given.
Anyone have any Inland parts they want to trade for other manufacturers?
Really though, I’d like to replace the post-war parts, but I’m not in the least disappointed with having some parts from other manufacturers on the rifle. I don’t expect this to ever be a collector’s piece so just having period correct WWII manufacture parts on it is authentic enough for me.
In the next episode of M1 Carbine follies, we’re going to reassemble the trigger housing group. I’m still really busy but I’m finding my motivation again so hopefully it won’t be so long between posts from here on out.